CMY CEO Appointed to the Order of Australia

January 27, 2016

CMY is proud to announce that our CEO, Carmel Guerra has been recognised for her outstanding achievements and service to the community.

Carmel was appointed to the Medal of the Order (OAM) General Division on Australia Day.

One of Victoria's first to champion the voices and issues of multicultural young people, Carmel is internationally recognised as an expert in working with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

CMY Chair, Dr Hass Dellal AO congratulated Carmel on her achievement.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of CMY, I wish to congratulate Carmel on her recent award in the Australia Day Honours List," he said.

"What a fantastic achievement in recognition of the outstanding work she has done for youth and multicultural Australia over the past 25 years."

Carmel is a member of the Victorian Children's Council, Victorian Youth Parole Board, Social Cohesion and Resilience Advisory Committee and Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council to the Minister for Social Services. Carmel has also served on numerous boards and committees for the government and non-government sectors. Her commitment to advocating for young people has seen her serve as a mentor and role model for a number of young people she has worked with.

Australia's first Afghan lifesaver, Imtiyaz (Minty) Saberi described Carmel as an inspiration to him and other young people in his community.

"The work I’ve been doing in the community, CMY has played a big role and Carmel has been a huge part of that."

I Speak Football Young Leader, James Dawood applauded Carmel on her reception of the award.

"The way Carmel approaches her role has inspired me a lot. She's always welcoming and nurturing and takes the time to listen to you," James said.

"She's always encouraged me and coming from her that means a lot. If it wasn't for Carmel and CMY, I wouldn't be where I am today."

In 1994 Carmel was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate issues of refugee and migrant youth overseas. In 2003 she earned a Centenary Medal for services to young people, migrant and refugee communities. In 2005 she was entered into the Victorian Women's Honour Roll for her services to the community. In 2015 Carmel was awarded one of three esteemed Harvard Club of Victoria Fellowships and in the same year was also presented with the Victorian Multicultural Commission Premier's Award for Community Harmony.

Carmel was featured in her local paper yesterday along with other distinguished recipients. Click here to read the article.